Sunday, December 9, 2018

#SongLyricSunday : One of the Boys From Home



Time again for Song Lyric Sunday! 

The Idea was formed by Helen @ This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time. She has presented us with the word prompt of BOYS for this week.


Being that we’re getting closer to Christmas, I thought I would pick a song that had a holiday theme.  Here Comes Santa Claus was a first choice, but then I stumbled across this gem of a song and I knew instantly that it was meant for me to share.

There’s not a lot of information about this song, but Wikipedia tells me this:

"Christmas in Killarney" is an Irish Christmas song written by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh and Frank Weldon, copyright 1950.

This song has been performed by many artists, most notably Bing Crosby who recorded it on October 1, 1951 and it was then included in the 12-inch LP version of his album Merry Christmas. Two recordings of the song made the Billboard retail chart in 1950: Dennis Day's version peaked at #10, while Percy Faith's version reached #28.

Other artists to record the song include Ruby Murray (1962), Bobby Vinton (1964), Joan Morrissey (1974), Anne Murray (1981), and the Irish Rovers (2002). It was featured prominently in the Rankin/Bass 1981 Christmas TV special, The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold. It has also been performed by the Barra MacNeils, Marc Gunn and The Four Ramblers. In 2016, Neil Diamond sang it on his "Acoustic Christmas" album.


Here's the Irish Rovers singing 'Christmas in Killarney'





Lyrics

[Chorus:]
The holly green, the ivy green
The prettiest picture you've ever seen
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home
It's nice you know, to kiss your beau
while cuddling under the mistletoe
And Santa Claus, you know of course
Is one of the boys from home

The door is always open
The neighbors pay a call
And Father John, before he's gone
Will bless the house and all
Our Hearts are light, our spirits bright
We'll celebrate our joy tonight
It's Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

[Chorus]

We'll decorate the Christmas tree
While all the family's here
Around a roaring fire
We will raise a cup of cheer
There's gifts to bring and songs to sing
And laughs to make the rafters ring
It's Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

[Chorus]

Hey!

[Chorus]

We'll take the Horse and Sleigh
All across the fields of snow
Listening to the jingle bells
And everywhere we go
How grand it feels to click your heels
And dance away to the jigs and reels
It's Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

[Chorus]

The holly green, the ivy green
The prettiest picture you've ever seen
I'm handing you no blarney
No matter where you roam
It's Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

Songwriters: Frank Weldon,James Cavanaugh,John Redmond
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.,CARLIN AMERICA INC
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind


What are you doing to get in the Christmas Spirit this season?

Check out Helen’s post for rules for participating in this musical word prompt blog hop.










25 comments:

  1. Oh I love it! Great choice Mary 🙂

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  2. That's sure to put you in the festive holiday spirit, isn't it? :D Great pick and thanks for sharing!

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    1. It definitely lifts one's spirits. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Love love this! Definitely puts you in the holiday spirit! Thank you for sharing this!

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  4. Very festive. Brings back memories of Chrstmases past. We had this record growing up. Haven’t heard the song is years. Until today. Makes my day Mary!

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    1. You're welcome. I love how Irish and Celtic music always puts me in a good mood.

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  5. To get into some festive spirit, I listen to Christmas carols like this one. Good enough, carols are everywhere.

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    1. Carols are everywhere this time of year. Sometimes, though, I need a little bit more inspiration.

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  6. I don't think I've ever heard this Christmas song before. After all, I grew up in Germany, but have lived in the US long enough. Really like how jolly this song sounds.

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    1. From what I understand, this song comes from Ireland. This was the first I heard it as well, and like you, I really enjoyed it.

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  7. Working in retail you tend to get a little sick of Christmas songs, so it's nice to find something new to listen to while still feeling the Christmas cheer.

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    1. I completely understand! It's not so much that I don't like Christmas, it's just sometimes things get overdone.

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  8. I like it! Something a bit different than the usual Christmas songs I hear. :)

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    1. That's me - a bit different and sometimes unusual! :)

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  9. Very appropriately drinking a Jameson's whilst listening. Lovely - both of them!

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  10. Never heard of this tune before. I love Christmas carols, especially hymns and old timey ones.

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    1. It was a first for me as well, but I like it :)

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  11. What a catchy Christmas song. We have our house decorated and I am currently wearing my Christmas jumper. So in the mood for Christmas now.

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    1. I'm still trying to get there. Hopefully by the time Christmas arrives, I'll be in the mood for it.

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  12. I was not aware of this song but it has really nice melody and lyrics. Just added it to my Christmas playlist. Thank you for sharing and Advance Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Clarice! Glad that I could add to your playlist.

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  13. I love this Christmas song. It certainly defines the festivity around Christmas.

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